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Come join us for an up close and personal look into the life cycle of the Loggerhead sea turtle.
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Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring

For 28 years Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch has coordinated conservation efforts for 12 miles of Manatee County shoreline.  In almost  three decades, we monitored 6539  turtle activities, protected 3534  nests, 29,694 turtle eggs, and watched 215,680  hatchlings depart to become a future generation of loggerheads that will return to the region as they reach maturity — in about 30 years.

The program includes staff, interns and volunteers who have documented the status of shoreline habitat and trends in sea turtle nesting. These data show that nesting by loggerhead turtles has declined, then rebounded in recent years. Nest destruction by both natural and non-indigenous predators has also increased during the same time period.

AMITW & Shorebird Monitoring coordinates with county, state and federal efforts to conserve sea turtles — particularly loggerheads., Manatee and Sarasota County hosts the highest density of loggerhead nests in the Gulf of Mexico.

Whether humans respect other species enough to protect sea turtles and their essential habitats will depend on the understanding developed by marine conservation biologists.

In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”

(B. Dioum, 1968)